Lot 252
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GUSTAVE MOREAU | Le paysan du Danube

25,000 - 35,000 EUR
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  • Le paysan du Danube
  • signed lower right Gustave Moreau
  • pencil and ink heightened with white and gold on paper
  • 27,9 x 20 cm ; 11 x 7  7/8 in.


Duruflé Collection;
Georges Wildenstein, Paris;
Confiscated from the above by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR Inv. No. W160);
Transferred to the Jeu de Paume, Paris, 1941;
Transferred to the German Reich, 15 Jan 1943;
Recovered from the 'Lager Peter' art repository, 10 Oct 1944 and subsequently restituted to Georges Wildenstein;
Wildenstein & Co., New York;  
Acquired from the above in 1980.


Tokyo, Fujikawa Gallery, Moreau-Bourdelle, 1971, no. 14 (reproduced); 
Tokyo, Central Art Gallery; Osaka, Fujikawa Gallery; and Kobe, Fujikawa Gallery, Exhibition Honoring Fujikawa Gallery's 35th Anniversary: Gustave Moreau, October 26-December 12, 1974, no. 14


P.-L. Mathieu, Gustave Moreau, sa vie, son oeuvre, catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre achevé, Paris, 1976, n° 268 (reproduced);
P.-L. Mathieu, Gustave Moreau, Monographie et nouveau catalogue de l'oeuvre achevé, Paris, 1998, p. 370, n° 299, (reproduced). 

Catalogue Note

In 1879, Antoni Roux commissioned a series of watercolours by famous artists of the time, to illustrate Jean de La Fontaine's Fables. When Roux exhibited a selection of these in May 1881, Moreau's watercolours attracted the most critical acclaim, leading Roux to commission a further thirty-nine illustrations from Moreau, which,  upon reception, pleased Roux as much as the first series. Moreau executed four known replicas only after this magnificent group, one of them is the work presented here. We notice some differences between our replica and the original watercolour, for instance in the peasant's robes and the architecture. These variations are also reflected in a preparatory drawing kept in the Musée Gustave Moreau, Paris (fig. 2).